By Staff Reporter
“There are so many dead bodies floating in the sea,” he said, adding that the under-equipped coast guard had few resources to search for survivors.
So far in 2014, more than 100,000 have reached Italian shores, the Italian government said this week.
Human traffickers are exploiting the political chaos and lack of security that has blighted Libya since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in an uprising in 2011.
Qassem said the emigrants on the capsized boat were mostly Africans, among them women.
Libya’s coast guard mainly exists on paper and relies on fishing boats and tugs it borrows from the oil ministry.
More than 100 African emigrants died in a similar boat accident in August.